Longtime Baker High School softball coach Tony Scarbrough has been selected as a 2017 inductee into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Scarbrough has been at Baker since 1986, also serving as the school’s girls basketball coach for many years. His 47-year career in coaching and education also includes stints at Shaw and Alba high schools.
Entering the 2017 season, he had a combined career record of 1,525-438 in softball, with 937 of those wins coming in fast-pitch. His teams at Baker won three slow-pitch state titles in a row in 1991-93 before transitioning to fast-pitch and winning state championships in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2015. His 2007 team owns the state record for most wins in a season — 79.
He was named the National High School Coaches Association softball coach of the year in 2007.
“Coach Scarbrough is one of the most progressive, enthusiastic, and compassionate coaches I have ever seen,” Baker athletic director Paul Agnew wrote in nominating Scarbrough for the honor. “He is everything that is right with high school athletics.
“His passion for coaching is unmatched, his love for his girls is unwavering, and his commitment to the sport of softball is unsurpassed.”
The late Calvin Crist, former MCPSS athletic director, wrote that Scarbrough was instrumental in the transition from slow-pitch to fast-pitch in south Alabama. “This man has given most of his adult life in promoting the sport of softball,” Crist wrote last year in support of Scarbrough’s nomination. “When it comes to softball in Alabama, Coach Scarbrough is a legend.”
Scarbrough will be formally inducted into the Hall during a ceremony in Montgomery on Monday.
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